Whether it’s a laid-back city break or a wild getaway with your friends that you’re looking for, you’ll find it all in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin – and thanks to the low-cost holiday specialist Jet2holidays, getting there is affordable, easy and completely stress-free.
That’s because their package deals to Berlin take care of both the flights and hotel, so all you have to worry about is choosing when to go. What’s more as you can secure each booking with just a £60 deposit per person, you can spread the cost of your Berlin break and focus more on enjoying your visit, than paying for it!
Like many tourists arriving in Berlin I was surprised to discover the main minority in the German capital was comprised of Turks. It was later explained to me that after WWII there were few able bodied German men around to begin the arduous process of rebuilding of the city so the Turkish people were welcomed as “guest workers”. Continue reading
One of the most fun places in one of the most beautiful districts of Berlin is the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. Continue reading
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The holiday season in Germany has begun and the Christmas Markets are in full swing. Even if, like myself, you are not a big fan of the season to be jolly, Germany’s Christmas markets are a wonderful place to warm the cockles and chase away our inner Grinch. The little wooden huts that spring up at the end of November are like little alpine villages complete with warm welcoming firelight, the enticing smells of roasting meats, sausages, and chestnuts as well as the sounds of merriment accompanied by the pleasant clinking of glasses and mugs full of mulled wine. In between the food, drink and sweets stalls a visitor can also expect to find handmade wooden crafts and toys, candle makers, lambs wool boots and slippers and all varieties of wintery apparel being sold by rosy cheeked vendors warming themselves with a steaming beverage around outdoor heaters. The prices are reasonable though be aware most places charge a deposit for the mugs which also make a great souvenir if you don’t want to return them. In the capital there are many places to get into the holiday spirit Teutonic style. Continue reading
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Tagged Berlin, berlin's best christmas markets, best christmas markets, Charlottenburg Palace, Christmas, Christmas Market, Gendarmenmarkt, Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Karl Friedrich Schinkel
This weekend in Berlin saw the last days of the festival of lights, as well as the last glorious days of Indian summer. Continue reading
In keeping with the theme of last week’s post about the Nalu diner I would like to focus on a new Chinese restaurant which opened recently in Prenzlauer Berg/Pankow. Continue reading
Does Berlin have an authentic American style diner? Finally the answer is an emphatic yes thanks to the opening of the new Nalu diner just off Helmholzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg. Continue reading
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Tagged american diner berlin, Berlin, Berlin diner, breakfast food berlin, Diner, diner food, Edward Hopper, Nalu, Oliver Miller, Prenzlauer Berg, Rosa Luxemburg Platz
Herr Michael Strube just celebrated his 10th anniversary working at the most renowned chocolatier in the German capital, Fassbender and Rausch on Gendarmenmarkt. In that time he has seen the company grow exponentially. The store has also expanded to encompass the second floor of the building, which is now the restaurant, serving gourmet meals all of which incorporate the cocoa bean as an ingredient, as well as mouthwatering desserts, and of course the best hot chocolate in the city.
The main attraction of the store however is undisputedly the amazing collection of Berlin monuments carved out of solid chocolate. Continue reading
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Tagged Berlin, Berlin chocolate, best chocolate in Berlin, Chocolate, chocolate brandenburger gate, chocolate brandenburger tor, chocolate reichstag, chocolate santa, Cocoa bean, Fassbender and Rausch, Fassbender und Rausch, Food, Gendarmenmarkt, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
When I first arrived in Berlin on the first of May 1998 I was put up by my aunt in her beautiful, 130m2 apartment in Moabit. As I strolled around discovering the neighborhood I found an abundance of what I later dubbed “Schultheiss Kneipen” after the local brand of beer in West Berlin. These were bars where old men sat around listening to German “schlager” music, drinking “korn” and flirting with the equally aged bartenders. It was a great place to learn German since their English repertoire consisted of “You are American? I speak English good!” but not much else. I was a bit disheartened to say the least by the dismal state of nightlife in my neighborhood until my cousin and his friend brought me to the banks of the river Spree and over a couple six packs of beer and whatnot we discussed life, the universe, and everything. It was a combination of a few different factors, the fact the sun did not go down until about 10pm, the warm summer air, the surprisingly floral bouquet of the Berlinerluft, the boats drifting by us as we sat and laughed the night away, and perhaps the fact that it would never be allowed in the States which gave it that illicit thrill. For whatever reason it became one of my favorite things to do in Berlin, whether on the banks of the river, by one of the many lakes, sitting in a park, or even just sitting on the sidewalk watching the people hurry by, some primal basic human need is filled by the simple pleasure of being outdoors with friends, surrounded by nature, without a care in the world.
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Tagged Berlin, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sportpark, German, Germany, Italo Calvino, lakes in berlin, Mauerpark, Milan Kundera, parks in berlin, schlachtensee, Spreepark, teufelsberg, teufelsee, tiergarten
With summer upon us it’s that time of year again when mushy pasta is abandoned and heavy french sauces are cast aside and when a porterhouse will render you as motionless as a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.
Time then for some Asian food.
Here are my favorite bang-for-your-buck-chopstick-wielding-no-fussing-non-dessert-serving Asian restaurants.
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Tagged affordable berlin food, Asian cuisine, asian cuisine in Berlin, Berlin, Berlin's best asian food, chinese berlin, Chinese cuisine, Massaman curry, Monosodium glutamate, Sushi, Vietnamese cuisine